was my first "adult" bike.
My parents got it for my 16th birthday in '86. I was a lucky boy.
It has served me REALLY well for the past 21 years. My escape while
in highschool. Transportation while in college. Get out and see
the world vehicle after that. It's a 58cm frame, and as you can
see, it's a size or two smaller than what I should have had. I've
tried to keep it as original as possible over this time. I've had
to swap out the shifters, freewheel and chain a few times and added
new brake levers as the originals got scratched up from crashing.
Put on a Brooks Team Pro and Nitto Techno Dlx w/ Dirt Drop bars.
Other than that, it's pretty much like they sold it out the door.
Amazingly original wheels. I think that's because I've always had
it in dry Southern California. That and I don't use brakes while
going down hills :-) I used to rebuild all the bearing surfaces
annualy, but have fallen off.
don't ride it too much anymore, unfortunately. I've become so used
to high volume tires on my other bikes that the 700c X 28mm tires
it fits seem way too harsh when I ride it on the less than perfect
CA roads. I'm contemplating building up a 650b wheelset for it right
now so I can extend it's use. I hope I can pass it on to one of
my kids someday.